Every important aspect of the West from before the white man through its history and bloody development to the present day is clearly, almost lovingly, treated in this excellent and highly readable book. The role of the Spaniards, cowboys, Indians, railroads, outlaws and peace officers in the opening and settling of the West are fully treated with enough detail to satisfy the most insatiable buff of western lore. For instance, the chapter entitled ""The Red Man"" deals first with the Indian's home life: family, clothing, war bonnet, food and cooking, and names; then with tribal life: the hunt, sports and pastimes, religion, ceremonials and dances, pipes, warfare, weapons, war paint, sign language, and signalling. This thoroughness is duplicated for the cowboy, the taming of the West by various types of frontier justice, outlaws and badmen, and the factors influencing the changing character of western life. Highly recommended for the 11-year-old, and older, for either a panoramic view or for the unique details of life that make western history exciting.